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Perish retires after over 34 years of serving the public


by Karin L. Nauber

If you have sold property in Todd County, then you probably know the name Cheryl Perish.

Perish has worked in the Todd County Recorder’s Office since July 2, 1984. She has served as the elected recorder since January 1, 1987.

Perish graduated from the Long Prairie High School and then went to Brainerd Technical School (this was before it was called a college) for general secretarial.

She interviewed with the county to work in Human Services, but didn’t get the job.

“But Fred Dahlman, who was the county recorder at the time, also had his business—Dahlman Abstract—which he was allowed to run from his county office, wanted to see me,” said Perish.

Dahlman hired her on June 6, 1978 to work at his business.

“I told him, ‘I don’t know what an abstract is.’ He said that he would rather teach me what it was than have to correct me,” she said.

She was doing some deputy recorder type work for the abstract office.

“In 1984 there was only one deputy recorder in the office. The deputy retired so I was offered the job,” noted Perish.

In April of 1986, Dahlman retired and the former deputy recorder returned to fill out his term.

Then Perish ran for the position of recorder  and registrar of titles in 1986 and took office in 1987.

In January of 1989 the state was taking over the court administration.

“The county wanted to keep the vital records on a local level so the recorder’s office took on those duties,” said Perish. . . .

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